An attempt by Ellen DeGeneres to spook adored country artist Garth Brooks backfired horribly, after a production crew member fell to the floor after leaping from a box – while Brooks was left calm after the prank.
Ellen frequently likes to play tricks on her celebrity guests, but on this occasion Brooks had the last laugh as the ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ singer calmly rose from his seat, to replace the lid to the box.
As the crew member tripped mid-flight and tumbled over the prop box, Brooks attempted to assist, but the assistant instead headed for the side of stage in a dramatic.
Afterwards, DeGeneres was clearly amuse, replaying the footage to the audience and saying: “Act like it never happened, that’s good… That was the worst scare we’ve ever done. It didn’t work in any way.”
She added, “Oh my god, that was pathetic!”
Brooks, who is married to country star Trisha Yearwood, laughingly asked how long the staffer had been hiding, as DeGeneres joked, “He hasn’t been in there that long, but we’re putting him back in there as punishment.”
The 55-year-old musician was crowned Entertainer of the Year at the 51st Country Music Association Awards for the second consecutive year and for the sixth time overall.